WTVI PBS Charlotte launches first STEM Awards

last modified Mar 05, 2014 09:23 AM

WTVI PBS Charlotte is pleased to announce it will launch its first STEM Awards this year. The awards will recognize 6th-12th grade students and teachers from the station’s 13-county viewing area who exhibit excellence in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Nominees can either nominate themselves or someone they know who builds, performs or organizes STEM-related programs for charities, social clubs or school projects. Submissions will be judged by a panel of CPCC STEM faculty and staff members who will select both student and teacher winners based on set criteria in a number of categories, such as Focus Excellence in a STEM Field, Most Innovative and Best STEM Integration.

Nominees representing Anson, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Lancaster, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, Union and York Counties may submit an entry in up to 27 different award categories. The station will also post the top four student submissions to its website at PBScharlotte.org and give the public an opportunity to cast its vote between April 1-15, for the 2014 People’s Choice Award.

“Cabarrus County Schools was honored to be a part of collaborative efforts in designing the first STEM Awards,” said Bridget Jones, K-12 STEM director for Cabarrus County Schools. “With the support of these awards, 13 counties will join to showcase some of the culminating efforts that highlight all aspects of STEM education. Our hope is for our community to see what a bright future we have and how STEM is leading that path to success.”

STEM Award winners will be recognized in front of a live studio audience on May 21 in CPCC’s Halton Theater, located on its Central Campus. The ceremony will be broadcast on May 22 at 8 p.m. on PBS Charlotte. During the ceremony, winners will receive a trophy for their exemplary STEM efforts.

“Recognizing student achievement is important for the students and their county/district,” said Ernest Poag, assistant principal for Fort Mills Schools. “I applaud PBS Charlotte for putting local STEM initiatives in the forefront and allowing Fort Mill Schools the opportunity to participate and help determine the categories and guidelines for the competition.”

Individuals may access the submission form at PBScharlotte.org. The station will accept award submissions between March 10-24. To obtain a submission form or to learn more about the award criteria and categories, please visit pbscharlotte.org.